Did you know? A New Microsoft Flight Simulator is Coming... What I Have To Say...
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June 11, 2019 - by Sylvain Faust for Fliegerfaust.com
At long last, Microsoft has announced a new version of its famous Flight Simulator for both PC and XBOX. This was last week-end during the E3 event.
Just glancing at the released "demo" video (see below) instantly drives the point home! This splendid jewel is built around totally rewritten software, as a slick new machine taking full advantage of Microsoft Azure AI and satellite data, and it shows!
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Microsoft Flight Simulator Gameplay Trailer PC and Xbox One- E3 2019 www.youtube.com
I really hope this new version will help us forget the contraption released in 2012 under the appellation of "Microsoft Flight", --to be sheepishly removed from the shelves only 17 months later! The sad fact is Microsoft Flight was all but an insipid "toy", from the standpoint of the serious aviation enthusiast. Let's put it bluntly, it had nothing to do whatsoever with any of its legendary predecessors from the Bruce Artwick lineage. Sweet nothing that could get anywhere near the caliber of earlier Flight Simulator versions, in terms of aircraft instrument flying, credible behavior modelling, and sheer seat of the pants precision, we had grown accustomed to expect over the years.
We will be able to add more to this when the software is released in 2020, --and probably much before, thanks to the usual leaks volunteered by the different Beta testers involved... Also, it will be interesting to see how all the instruments are accessed and controlled on the XBOX version using the existing XBOX controller.
I hold a pilot licence,- multi-engine aircraft rating-, and do own such a bird in the real world. And I must say that I've started learning flying IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) using Microsoft Flight Simulator (FS) in 1982 (made by SubLogic and licenced by Microsoft) using VOR, NDB, ILS, DME etc. like in real IFR flights. I was 17.
The simulator featured all of the radio navigation aids required in a real world IFR environment. With almost no outside graphic available back then, staring at the instrument panel was about all you could do! For the sake of historical precision, I must say I had started flying, in fact, two years earlier, with the first SubLogic flight simulator. But in 1980, this was on an Apple II micro-computer, before it was licenced to Microsoft to be ported on the IBM PC MS-DOS, or IBM PC-DOS has it was called at the time.
Let's hope the next version of Microsoft Flight Simulator will also feature all the API extensions and NMEA support anterior versions provided, allowing for third party aircraft add-on or connecting "real" hardware equipment to it. A few years ago, I could get acquainted with the Garmin Aera aviation GPS, running Microsoft Flight Simulator on a PC and using the serial port and NMEA connectivity "Live" into the GPS.
Remember, there are old pilots and bold pilots, but no such thing as an old and bold pilot… except on a Flight Simulator.
Sylvain Faust, Fliegerfaust